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PARKES SET TO JOIN

Tom Parkes

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10:27 20th August 2012

Rovers agree terms with Leicester

Bristol Rovers have agreed terms with Leicester City to bring Tom Parkes to the club on a permanent deal subject to medical.

The defender, who spent almost four months on loan with Rovers last season, will join up with the squad later today, with a view to being involved in tomorrow night’s game against Barnet.

Parkes, who is a product of Leicester’s youth academy, joined up with Rovers in February last season, and went on to be influential in shoring up Rovers’ defence.

Manager Mark McGhee said: “We are delighted to be bringing Tom to the club.

“He is a left sided centre half which will give us great balance playing alongside either Garry Kenneth or Adam Virgo.

“He proved last season that he can play as well, and he will be a great addition to strengthen our defence.”

In December 2010 he went out on loan to League One side Yeovil Town and made two appearances for them in his month at Huish Park.

In March 2011, Parkes joined Burton Albion for a second loan spell until the end of the 2010/11 season.

He then joined Burton Albion again on a sixth month loan deal at the start of the 2011-12 season.

Unfortunately this came to a premature end after only three league games after Parkes suffered a broken ankle. He made his return in January as a substitute in a match against Plymouth Argyle.

Chairman Nick Higgs said: "We are delighted to have agreed terms with Leicester to bring Tom to the club on a permanent basis.

“He was very influential last season, and we see him as a fantastic prospect for the future.”

Tom will be given squad number 6.


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